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Your dollars and you | Tayo Elnathan and Dotun Ayo-Bamisaiye

Your Dollars and You | Tayo Elnathan and Dotun Ayo- Bamisaiye

Even though there is nothing new under the sun, if you have not planned your income and expenses, the importance of creating a budget cannot be over-emphasized. You might be a new immigrant, a business person, a retiree etc, and for every stage in life, there is the need to plan your expenses given that inflation has gone through the roof.

Tayo has moved on from the mindset of cutting down on her coffee. Her argument is that she needs her coffee to function, and without her coffee, she might not be productive. Coffee for some people is a quality of life/ mental health thing. The coffee could help bring more dollars in.

She argues that you can live a little, but plan.

Plan to multiply your income. Plan to have an emergency fund so you can deal with life’s emergencies. Dave Ramsey says you should have at least 6 months of living expenses.

Edmonton News Release: property assessment notices are on the way

2023 property assessment notices are on the way

More than 400,000 property assessment notices were mailed to Edmonton property owners today. Property assessments are a key part of the property tax process, as they help to determine each Edmonton property owner’s fair share of taxes to support the City’s programs and services.

Property assessment notices provide important information about what property owners can expect on their property tax bill in the spring. Once property owners have their notices, they can follow three steps to confirm the accuracy of the notice: 

Ujima Fellowship Program | Register now

This fellowship aims to support young Black leaders between the ages of 18 – 35  who demonstrate the willingness to develop their leadership skills and want to serve on advisory or policy-making platforms.

The Government of Canada funds the Ujima Fellowship Program. 

The fellowship is named Ujima (oo-JEE-mah), after the third principle of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a week-long cultural celebration that honors African American and African culture. Ujima means collective responsibility and work. Ujima focuses on the foundation of community building and collaboration as a means to solve problems and stepping away from the individual mindset, and moving towards a collective approach.

Judith Pila digs into data protection

Judith Pila digs into the world of data protection

Centre For Intellectual Excellence (CeFIE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the space and opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to harness their skills and potential. they provide various unique programs and services to diverse/Intersectional and Underserved communities through talent development, mentoring, EDI education, career guidance, online sexual exploitation and family counselling. 

Mather Fox: columnist with LCCMedia

Till Debt Separates Us | Mather Fox

I am excited to share my story and hope it will inspire you to take the right action and help you clear your debt. In 2009 I shared a townhouse with a roommate, and below is the list of my monthly bills back then: 

Rent plus house bills, i.e., electricity, water, and gas, were $2000 a month shared with a roommate.
Car loan monthly payments of $500
Car-related expenses, including gas and car insurance, $500
Food and miscellaneous $500
Credit card minimum monthly payment of $100 
Line of credit minimum monthly payment $100

Commercial Clean Energy Improvement Program Launching June 7

Commercial Clean Energy Improvement Program Launching June 7

The two-year pilot program provides access to low-cost financing to help commercial building owners in Edmonton make a minimum of three energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their buildings.

There is up to $8.45 million available in financing and rebates which will fund up to 17 major upgrade projects. Upgrades financed by the Commercial CEIP are repaid through property taxes over a maximum 20-year period. Should a building be sold the financing obligation transfers through the property taxes to the new owner.

The CEIP aims to advance efforts to improve environmental resiliency as part of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and Action Plan.

Commercial pre-qualification forms will be available beginning at 10 a.m. June 7 and based on the uptake from the residential program, spots are expected to fill up fast. Owners can find out more at

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi

Mixed reactions to Mayor Sohi’s first State of the City Speech

He had strong words for the provincial government:

“We need our provincial government to step up because tackling houselessness, mental health, addictions and trauma is their responsibility. They need to show up for our most vulnerable. People’s human dignity and our economic recovery depends on it”. 

He highlighted the inequities Edmonton has suffered under the UCP government:

“From 2007 to 2021, Edmonton has received $1.1B less compared to Calgary under the MSI and Basic Municipal Transportation funding”. 

“Edmonton is a regional hub for social services. We carry a disproportionate burden providing servicing to Alberta’s most vulnerable for which we receive no recognition or financial support”. 

“Every year, Edmonton loses $14M in tax revenue because our provincial government is not paying its fair share of property taxes on the buildings they occupy.”

“In the past 3 years, our world-renowned University of Alberta has faced the largest budget cuts of any post-secondary in the province. Now totaling $222 million, stifling innovation and hurting students”.

Edmonton Climate Leaders: Advancing a Just Transition

A just transition refers to the transition from the dominant economy to one that centers on place-based, ecologically resilient, socially equitable, deeply democratic approaches to establishing mutually beneficial relationships. Consequently, understanding the economy as a changeable model is key to envisioning new ways of interacting with the world. 

1909Media Productions

BIPOC Business of the Week | 1909Media Productions

1909media Productions is a media production company based in Edmonton, Alberta.  From interviews and documentaries to photography, they passionately share your stories with the world. They work with small and large corporate organizations to tell their brand stories and boost their connections with their customers.

Their services include Podcast and Voice Over Production: Their studio is equipped to help you start up, create, produce and mix all your podcast and voice-over productions. 

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